Design is how we give form to our intentions. Through the ages we have adapted the world to the human body, mind and spirit. We perform the alchemy of giving shape to what we imagine will make things better. By design we gain utility, pleasure and meaning. And despite our best intentions, we sometimes wreak havoc.
Design is an innate skill. It is so much more than mashing together materials, mechanisms and digits, more than clever thinking or skillful making. It is mysterious transformation, and so it is a difficult story to tell. Sure, we talk at length about the things we design – the brilliant new products, buildings, fashions and desiderata. We tell stories about recognized designers – architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and industrial titans like Steve Jobs. But we have scant narrative for how that transformation itself occurs; how it is embedded deep in our humanity.
I have set out to tell the story of design seen through the lens of consciousness and human capacity – the instincts every one of us lives by as creative beings.
I offer my writings about our instinct to create our world, by design. You can read some of my writings at my Designing blog.
I offer to teach what I’ve learned about design consciousness and how it informs design practice and design thinking.
I offer to consult with leaders who wish to honor their organizations creative drive while creating the world we would truly love to live in.
I invite you to contact me through the form to the right if you’d like to learn more about design consciousness. Please describe your interest and outline the project that you’d like to collaborate on.